Wilhelm brings home third biathlon medal

Germany's Kati Wilhelm snagged her second World Championship title as well as her third medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Wednesday when she claimed victory in the 15-kilometre individual.

Wilhelm brings home third biathlon medal
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“It still hasn’t sunk in yet, but it is a really great feeling,” said Wilhelm. “Things just get better and better.”

The 32-year-old covered the course in 44 minutes and 3.1 seconds after winning the sprint race on Saturday and finishing second in the pursuit on Sunday.

“I was thinking this morning during the warm up, how good it would be to win another medal. And now I have done it, it’s a dream come true.”

The silver medal went to Solvenia’s Teja Gregorin, who was 39.5 seconds slower. Norway’s Tora Berger finished 46.5 seconds behind Wilhelm for the bronze medal.

All three missed just one of their 20 targets.

Three-time medallist Wilhelm has said she will retire from the World Cup Biathlon after next season and had planned to “save the win in the 15k for the Olympics in 2010.”


German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season

Bundesliga clubs and other German sports venues will be allowed to welcome up to 25,000 spectators from next month, the city of Berlin said Tuesday after a meeting of officials from Germany's 16 states.

German football fans get green light to return to stadiums next season
Germany fans at the recent Euro 2020 match in London. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christian Charisius

Most matches in Germany’s top football league were played behind closed doors last season – so-called Geisterspiele or ghost games – because of the Covid-19 virus.

The new Bundesliga season starts on August 13th and with infection rates having fallen sharply, sports stadiums could be at 50 percent capacity, with the total number per match or event capped at 25,000.

The only exception is reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, where up to 20,000 fans will be allowed into home games at the 75,000-capacity Allianz Arena because officials in Bavaria are allowing only 35 percent of capacity.

The new rules apply until September 11 and amid concerns in Germany about the Delta variant of the coronavirus, incidence rates must not exceed 35 new infections per 100,000 people over the previous seven days.

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If that happens, and “the infection cannot be clearly contained”, a maximum of 5,000 spectators will be allowed into sports events, German officials warned.

Only fans who can prove they are vaccinated or present a negative test will be allowed into stadiums and hygiene rules must be followed.

An easing of the regulations meant crowds of around 14,000 were allowed to attend Euro 2020 matches at Munich’s Allianz Arena over the last three weeks, but fans were largely kept out of German league games last season.